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Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them?

Architecture and urban design are in the throes of a green fever dream: Everywhere you look there are plans for “sustainable” buildings, futuristic eco-cities, even vertical aquaponic farms in the sky, each promising to redeem the ecologically sinful modern city and bring its inhabitants back into harmony with nature. This year, two marquee examples are set to open: Bjarke Ingels’ Via 57 West in New York, a 32-story luxury-apartment pyramid enfolding a garden, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, by Jean Nouvel, a complex shielded from the harsh climate of the Arabian Peninsula by an enormous white dome. The dreamers’ goal is even bigger: “eco-cities” that will leapfrog the last century’s flawed development patterns and deliver us in stylish comfort to a low-carbon, green future.

In part, the dream reflects a pragmatic push for energy efficiency, recycled materials and lower carbon emissions — a competition rewarded with LEED certification in silver, gold or platinum. But it also includes a remarkable effort to turn buildings green — almost literally — by covering them in plants. Green roofs are sprouting on Wal-Marts and green walls festooned with ferns and succulents in Cubist patterns appear on hotels, banks, museums — even at the mall, as I found on a recent trip to the Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles.

All of this is surely a good idea, at some level: trying to repair some of the damage our lifestyle has done to the planet by integrating nature into what have been, especially in the modern era, wasteful, harsh, alienating, concrete urban deserts. But, despite the rhetoric of reconciling the city with nature, today’s green urban dream is too often about bringing a technologically controlled version of nature into the city and declaring the problem solved, rather than looking at the deeper causes of our current environmental and urban discontents.

Greening the city is not a new ideal. Ancient Romans waxed lyrical about Arcadia, a mythical bucolic escape from the ills of urban life: money-making, crime, pollution, disease and, of course, luxury and the moral turpitude that goes with it. City-dwellers have always been sensitive to the charge that the metropolis is guilty of a special kind of iniquity, which bars it from grace, and must be cleansed. (Remember Sodom and Gomorrah.) The corollary belief that the green countryside fosters all that is pure and wholesome is a foundational myth of Western culture. It is why, when most people amass enough filthy lucre, they move to the suburbs and cultivate a large, useless lawn, as if the greensward alone could buy them salvation.

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Since Plato’s Republic, visionaries have described the ideal human community as something less like a city and more like a big, well-ordered farm. Think of Charles Fourier’s utopian phalanxes, the Shaker settlements, Frank Lloyd Wright’s proposed Broadacre City, Soviet collectives, Israeli kibbutzes or the innumerable 19th and 20th century “garden cities” strewn around the American and European landscapes. A more modest contemporary form is perhaps the Brooklyn Grange, the hipsterish but messianic urban farm outfit that grows bespoke salad greens hydroponically on several rented New York City rooftops for environmentally conscious urbanites. It is undoubtedly a beneficial enterprise, but, given the realities of high urban land values and labor costs, such a model is unlikely to replace the world’s nearly 6 million square miles of horizontal farms.

Today’s signature eco-building, Apple’s “spaceship” campus now under construction in Silicon Valley, designed by the British architect Norman Foster, is a good example of the shortcomings of the green dream. Though we are assured it will be sustainable, energy efficient and “slim” — preserving 80% of its 175-acre site for landscaping, it is by any measure a huge, complex, massively resource-intensive and incredibly expensive ($5 billion) folly, achievable only by one of the richest corporations on Earth. What is more damning is that, at the end of the day, it will be just another appendage of suburban sprawl, a white-collar workplace located next to a freeway, dependent on vast garages (even if most of them are tastefully buried) for its 13,000 commuters — and thus with no smaller environmental footprint than a conventional office park.

Mayor Eric Garcetti must now put his plan into action

A look at the green dream’s origins is revealing. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Apple’s spaceship and another new Silicon Valley “campus,” Google’s planned complex to be covered in transparent tenting that it says will “blur the difference between our buildings and nature,” are direct descendants of the work of the American visionary R. Buckminster Fuller and his Japanese partner, Shoji Sadao. In 1960, Fuller and Sadao proposed building a two-mile-wide, transparent geodesic dome over Midtown Manhattan. It would eliminate bad weather and the cost of heating and cooling separate buildings. It wasn’t built, but other, lesser domed environments were, all over the world, and these helped spawn a global epidemic of drawing-board futuristic eco-cities.

Among the movement’s avatars were Paolo Soleri, whose projected Utopia, Arcosanti, only amounted to a few, odd concrete structures in the Arizona desert, and the Japanese Metabolists of the 1960s and ’70s, whose plans for massive floating city-farms and modular megastructures in the sky were outlandish. (They nevertheless directly influenced the development of undersea exploration modules, offshore oil platforms and the International Space Station.) Indeed, Foster was a student and later a collaborator of Fuller and Sadao, and his masterpieces — the Gherkin in London and the remade Reichstag in Berlin, to name just two of scores — are essentially climate-controlled domes, carefully modeled on his teachers’ earlier work.

These projects are, then, really the fulfillment of a set of blue-sky dreams from the Dr. Strangelove era — where every cinematic space colony contained a domed conservatory and keeping the plants in the greenhouse alive was all that stood between humans and disaster. In the end, those dreams are not about reintegrating society with nature, but leaving Earth itself behind for an
engineered habitat under the dome, in the sky or at least on the roof.

Like driving an $85,000 Tesla, designing a perfect green building or eco-city isn’t enough to save the world. Although our buildings, like our cars, have been woefully inefficient environmentally, architecture isn’t responsible in any meaningful way for humanity’s disastrous environmental impacts, nor can it hope to solve them alone. An economic system based on the destruction of nature and the shifting of real costs onto those less fortunate and onto the future, is the real problem. No dome can protect us from our own profligacy and improvidence, nor can any number of hydroponic lettuce farms blunt the damage being done to real nature, or what is left of it, on planet Earth.

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Volunteer Opportunities: Week of March 7

Prescott-area volunteer opportunities …

The Mental Health Veterans Advocacy Council seeks new members. Are you conscientious and interested in helping develop a true partnership between veterans with mental health issues, their families, VA Mental Health staff and the community in order to improve the quality of VA mental health services? Membership in the council is open to veterans with mental health concerns, their family members and agencies/organizations servicing such veterans. A once a month commitment to attend all meetings is required. Meetings take place at the Prescott VA Medical Center every 3rd Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Devine at 928-445-4860, ext. 5281, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Yavapai Food Neighbors Project is in need of an events coordinator to manage the bi-monthly collection for the Prescott area Food Neighbors Project. While this is an important and necessary volunteer opportunity, it only requires six to eight hours every two months. Call Bob Painter at 928-443-5069 for more information.

Az. Origin Science Association (AzOSA) is in need of a volunteer who is able to create and maintain a web site and further the creationist cause. They must be willing to take over the web site maintenance. For information, contact David McNabb at 928-771-1218 or email

The Yavapai County 4-H Youth Development Program is a looking for individuals to serve as resource volunteers. Do you have an interest in teaching a group of youth about your area of specialty? We are looking for individuals who have knowledge in forestry, knitting and everything in between. Give us a call at 928-445-6590 ext. 229 to discuss how we can work together to make a difference in the youth of Yavapai County.

Prescott Meals on Wheels has an opening for volunteers who would like to serve as a meal delivery drivers to our homebound clients. We particularly need individuals who can work on a Thursday. If you would like to find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, call Prescott Meals on Wheels at 928-445-7630 ext. 602 to talk to Sarah.

The Heart Song Center for Grieving Children is seeking volunteers. The Heart Song Center offers a safe, supportive environment for youth and families who are dealing with the grief associated with the death of a loved one. Volunteer training will be provided. Tasks include assisting with group meetings and facilitating activities. Meetings take place once per month. Make a difference in the life of a child and in the ability of their family to begin to heal. Interested persons please call Heart Song at 928-642-2969. The Heart Song Center is sponsored in part by The Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice.

Margaret T. Morris Center, a residential, memory care community, is looking for compassionate, patient people to assist staff with activities, one on one visits, bingo or working in the horticultural program. For information, contact John Proffer, Director of Life Enrichment/Volunteers at 928-445-6633 ext. 115.

Blankets 4 Kids needs two drivers to pick up blankets from the donation bins in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley and bring to the warehouse. For information, call Ron at 928-541-0483 and leave a message.

Launch Pad Teen Center is looking for energetic people who want to make a difference in the lives of teens in the Prescott area. Volunteers would be a part of the centers drop-in hours facilitating programing with teens, tutoring, and simply being a positive adult influence. If you feel this experience is right for you, email

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra is seeking an extraordinary individual to lead and direct fundraising and development activities for this 501c-3 charitable organization. The orchestra, which has been known for 30 plus years as the Prescott Strings, is expanding its scope of operations to provide the community with live performances of classical music and to foster the development of young musicians through scholarships and experience in performing as soloists and members of the orchestra. A job description is available on their website, For more information, call Joe Cotten at 928-636-0229 or Fran Willes at 928-443-8462.

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra is seeking a well organized individual to coordinate and direct the work of a corps of volunteers who support the orchestra with a variety of behind-the-scenes activities. Typical examples include assistance with ticket sales and concession operations at the concerts, distribution of advertising pieces publicizing the concerts, assistance with planning and implementing fund raising events and other special functions. A job description is available on their website, For more information, call Joe Cotten at 928-636-0226 or Fran Willes at 928-443-8462.

Community Cats at The Catty Shack is looking for volunteers to socialize, foster and be available for adoption days for our adoptable kitties. We are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 609 S. Granite St. in Prescott. Come by and look at what we are doing and see if you would like to be involved! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization taking homeless or abandoned cats and kittens from the streets.

The Prescott Community Cupboard is looking for a volunteer newsletter writer! The newsletter is through email and comes out once a month. You would be in charge of writing articles and putting the newsletter together, as well as maintaining the contact list. Basic computer proficiency required. Prior experience using MailChimp would be great, but a willingness to learn is all that is needed. Approximate hours: 10-12 hours each month. If interested, contact David Barnard at

The Prescott Community Cupboard is looking for a volunteer grant writer! This is an opportunity to gain grant-writing experience while helping a local nonprofit. Letter templates and prior applications would be made available to you, along with a list of grants for which the organization is eligible. You would be expected to apply for only 5-6 grants annually, although you are welcome to apply for more. Prior grant-writing experience a plus. Approximate hours: 3-4 hours per application, plus necessary follow-up. If interested, contact David Barnard at

The Prescott Community Cupboard is looking for a volunteer website administrator! You would be in charge of updating and maintaining our website. Basic computer proficiency required. Prior experience using WordPress would be great, but a willingness to learn is all that is needed. No coding knowledge required. Approximate hours: only a few hours each month. If interested, contact David at

Yavapai Regional Transit, a growing public transit system is looking for volunteers to become Board Members, Transit Advisory Committee Members or drivers to drive buses between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The program provides public bus service in Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley five days per week. Volunteer drivers’ schedules can be accommodated. Contact our dispatcher at 928-636-3602 or the website

GMO-Free Prescott, a community educational organization, is accepting volunteers to help with all facets of our mission to raise awareness and increase understanding about genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and related pesticides. Call 928-221-2533 or email

Adult Center of Prescott needs volunteers in order to provide services for their members and the community. Come find a place to serve that is of interest to you! For information, call 928-778-3000, or stop by at 1280 E. Rosser St., Prescott, in the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center.

Dog Big Dog Charitable Foundation (501C3) is looking for volunteers to help with community and fundraising events. The Prescott Dog is also looking for volunteers to help with two big events as well as some smaller community events; Dogtoberfest in October; and Woofstock in May. For more information, call 928-445-4811 or email Ann Herrington at

Prescott Litter Lifters have been cleaning up “Everybody’s Hometown Litter” since 1981. They never run out of work and welcome you to participate. For information, call Don at 928-771-2690.

Citizens Tax Committee, incorporated 1977, needs volunteers to attend governmental agencies’ meetings to bring for the Committee’s attention and oversight, items of importance related to budgeting and expenditure of tax monies. Email:

Blankets 4 Kids needs a person to help on the first Saturday of the month in Prescott Valley. We will be collecting blankets, hats, scarves and stuffed animals for the less-fortunate kids in the Quad-City areas. The location will be in the Goodwill parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drivers to pick up blankets once a week from our donation bins in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley and bring to the warehouse are also needed. Call Ron at 928-541-0483 and leave a message!

The Town of Prescott Valley is seeking volunteers for the following positions. Hours and days are flexible. Training provided. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Library Security. This position is part of Prescott Valley’s Police Volunteers in Protection program. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Small machine maintenance. We are looking for someone who can maintain and repair small engines and landscaping equipment for our Neighborhood Tool Box, which is available for loan to residents who want to clean up their neighborhoods but lack the necessary equipment. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Facilities Assistant. This volunteer opens, closes and secures the Library Crystal Room before and after meetings and special events on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Library Drive-Up Window. This volunteer or volunteers will man the library drive-up window Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Court assistant. This volunteer helps with filing and other tasks in the Municipal Court. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary needs you! If you love animals, then we have the best and most rewarding volunteer job for you. HPZS is seeking caring and dedicated individuals who want to help our non-profit rescue and education facility. We are seeking volunteers for all departments, such as animal care, docents, facilities/maintenance and gift shop. If interested, contact Becky Salazar at 928-778-4242 ext. 17, come by the zoo and fill out a volunteer application or email

United Way of Yavapai County is looking for conscientious volunteers to help with various office tasks, special events and programs. If you want to be part of something that significantly impacts our communities call our United Way offices at 928-778-6605! We would love to have you on our team!

Sharlot Hall Museum seeks tour guides, building docents, and other volunteers assisting with events, assisting in research and archival projects, preserving collections, gardens and grounds, and store merchandising at 415 W. Gurley, Prescott. Training available; flexible hours. Call 928-445-3122, ext. 18 for details.

Fort Whipple Museum encourages volunteers to become docents for visitors and guests, by sharing the history and impact of this cultural center located on the Bob Stump Memorial Veterans Hospital grounds (500 N. Highway. 89). Get involved by becoming a ‘Living History’ interpreter and enjoy docent opportunities Thursday through Saturdays. Training is available. Call 928-445-3122 ext. 18 for details.

The Salvation Army of Prescott is seeking dedicated and energetic volunteers to help us in “Doing the Most Good” for our community! Volunteer support is needed in a wide range of areas including youth programs, Thrift Store, food pantry/soup kitchen and clerical support. Contact 928-778-0150 for more information and to share your talents, or register online at

Gabriel’s Angels Pet Therapy is in need of volunteer teams in Prescott and Prescott Valley. A therapy dog can make a positive impact on the lives of at-risk children who are the victims of abuse and neglect. You and your dog can be a team that makes a difference! Visit and click on volunteer tab or call 309-531-0875 for local information.

The Food Neighbors Project is seeking people to mobilize their friends and neighbors in alleviating hunger in our community. This involves only four to six hours every two months and is immensely beneficial to local food banks. Contact Bob Painter at 928-443-5069 or go to

The Council for Educational Travel, USA is seeking caring families to host one of our international high school students–for one or two semesters, during the 2015-16 school year. If interested, contact Bridget at 928-713-4518 or

Come volunteer at N.O.A.H., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit thrift store that benefits animals, from Miss Kitty’s cat shelter to equine rescue to the Heritage Park Zoo. N.O.A.H., located a mile from the courthouse, needs volunteers for a three-hour time period once a week. Call N.O.A.H. at 928-708-0545, Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The mission of Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) is to provide vital services, education and advocacy for those living in poverty, leading to self-sufficiency and a fair and just community for all. To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at, or by calling 928-445-8382, ext. 100.

The “Copper State” Detachment 906 of the Marine Corps League meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Elks Lodge, Prescott Valley. Social Hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. The group participates in VA Volunteer Services, Young Marines and Toys for Tots, and provide Color Guard for parades; flag posting for patriotic events; and Honor Guard at veteran services. Visit for information.

Blue Rose Heritage and Culture Center, located at 7200 2nd Street, Prescott Valley, needs volunteers to teach in the performing arts field and in all phases of theater and live music. Call Jody Drake at 928-899-5472.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is looking for retired teachers and others to assist youths ages 6-18 with their reading and homework in the afternoon at the Prescott and Prescott Valley sites. Call 928-776-8686 or 928-287-1377.

Prescott YMCA’s Youth Flag Football League needs volunteer coaches and referees. Come by the YMCA at 750 Whipple St., Prescott, or call 928-445-7221 ext. 33.

The Area Agency on Aging/Northern Arizona Council of Governments is seeking individuals interested in volunteering for their Ombudsman program as well as for their Medicare Benefits Counselor. If you are a good listener, enjoy working through issues that contribute to a senior’s quality of life who is a resident at a State licensed long-term care facility, the Ombudsman program is for you! We will train and certify Ombudsman who will become the advocates for seniors who reside in either long-term care or skilled nursing facilities. Reliable transportation and computer skills are a plus. We are also seeking volunteer Medicare Benefits Counselors who can assist eligible recipients navigate the often confusing Medicare process as well as provide direction towards supplemental insurance options. This program also will train and certify you as a Medicare Benefits Counselor. Due to the confidential information, both programs require a background and DPS Fingerprint Clearance check. Information on either program can be obtained by calling 1-877-521-3500, e-mail at, Bruce Reed at 928-776-7871 or Jana Bays at 928-537-6403. You can learn more about NACOG and the Area Agency on Aging by also going to their website

Yavapai Regional Medical Center – Prescott and Prescott Valley campuses have opportunities for you that engages your willingness to serve. Gift Shop volunteers are needed for daytime, early evenings and weekend hours. At the Prescott campus, we are looking for Snack Cart volunteers as well. Other opportunities from clerical to transportation and more; we have a variety of options available. Call us today to experience the joys of service. Prescott campus: 928-771-5678, Prescott Valley campus: 928-442-8678.

The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center in Prescott and Prescott Valley is currently looking for volunteers to assist with our Activities Department and our Horticultural Therapy Program. If you want to contribute to making a difference in the lives of our participants please call Karen Brewer at our Prescott location – 928-445-6384 or Laura Dreibelbis at our Prescott Valley location – 928-775-3563. For more information, please visit our website at

Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice volunteers are trained to make a difference in many capacities: providing companionship and respite to patients and families facing end-of-life issues, sharing music and other talents in homes/facilities, and supporting staff via assisting in office work. Call 928-778-5655 for more information.

Yavapai Food Bank needs volunteers able to drive to pick up food, do routine office work or help stock shelves and distribute food. Contact Lynn at 928-775-5255.

People Who Care assists individuals in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley by helping with rides to healthcare appointments, grocery shopping, and much more. Volunteers help people who can no longer drive remain independent in their own homes. For further information, call 928-445-2480. Volunteers do make a Big Difference. Our “Neighbors” are so very appreciative of their Volunteers. Please consider coming to an Orientation so you too can feel the wonderful circle of “Making a Difference.”

If you are a happy, positive person and you like working with people, Stepping Stones Thrift Stores need you. Greet customers and donors, fill out donor receipts, help customers find that special treasure and much more. Proceeds help the local 24/7 shelter keep its doors open to serve women and children. Call Denise Merritt at 928-772-4184 or email

Prescott Area Shelter Services is for women, families and veterans who need a hot meal and a place to sleep in safety. The shelter needs office, laundry and kitchen supplies, quarters for laundry, bus passes/tickets and easy breakfast foods. Donors may contribute the items or money to buy them. Financial donations also go to help pay the rent and utilities. All donations are tax-deductible. The shelter is always in need of volunteers to be advocates, meal providers and overnight supervisors; there is a $25 volunteer stipend pay for any overnight volunteer. Call Katee Norris at 928-778-5933 or email

The Foster Care Review Board is seeking volunteer board members in the Cottonwood area to oversee the progress of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. No experience is required. Upon completing a background check, volunteers are appointed to a five-member board by the Juvenile Court for a three-year term. Call Carissa at 602-452-3400, toll-free at 1-866-320-1959, or visit

Dewey-Humboldt Museum needs volunteers for events. For information, call Doris at 928-632-5521.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is seeking volunteers to help children and adults discover the wonders of nature. Other opportunities available include writing, event planning, videography, administrative support, committee leadership, gardening and maintenance. For information, call 928-776-9550 or visit for information and an application.

Every day, senior adults help increase joy and meaning in the lives of other older adults. How can you do this? By serving as a Senior Peer Volunteer. You can lift adults up when they feel down, help them decrease loneliness, or assist them in creating purpose in their lives. If you want to make this kind of impact in an older adult’s life, call the Senior Peer Volunteer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic at 928-445-5211, ext. 2601.

The Prescott Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to help with theater and visual art exhibits. Visit and select the volunteer tab or, call Jon Meyer at 928-541-0209. PCA is also looking for men who can sing. Call Mary Ann Dutton at 928-776-8992.

Yavapai Toy Makers needs more toy makers. We have grown to donating wood toys to some 22 hospitals, clinics and shelters from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The toys go to “children who are ill through no fault of their own and to kids in crises.” If you have a home wood shop and a computer and would like to be part of a fun group this it the project. No pressure, no quotas, just fun and enjoy 40 guys who make up the team. Call Ed at 928-776-9193.

Prescott Valley’s Good Works Crew needs volunteers to help citizens physically unable to maintain their property because of age, disability or circumstance. To volunteer, arrange for a volunteer packet or for placement on the service waiting list, call 928-759-3050.

The Arizona Pioneers’ Home Foundation is looking for people who would like to participate with fundraising events, which include a fall rummage sale, Christmas bazaar and spring rummage sale. Call Virginia at 928-445-3216 or Beth at 928-445-7135.

The Sunshine Stitchers group is looking for volunteers to crochet, knit, quilt and sew. We donate to local organizations and meet twice a month on Mondays from 12:45 to 3 p.m. in Prescott. For information, call Lynne at 928-778-7748.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network is looking for men to be mentors to teenage boys. For information, call Charles at 928-499-0522 or visit

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers who want to positively impact the lives of children in our community. YBBBS needs volunteers to work in the office, plan agency events and help with graphic design/photography projects. YBBBS also needs mentors to become Big Brothers, Big Sisters and family matches. YBBBS has over a hundred children waiting and a large percentage of our waiting youth are boys. Couples and family matches can also take on a child and statistically these types of matches last the longest as the support from a partner or family helps the match flourish. Matching at risk children in our community with a positive role model can drastically increase the child’s ability to make better choices in the classroom, amongst peers, the pursuit of higher education, as well as staying out of jail and prison and away from drugs and alcohol. Please call 928-778-5135 or sign up at

The Chino Valley Animal Shelter needs volunteers to walk dogs in Memory Park and to play with them in the exercise yard. Volunteers are also needed on weekends to transport and show adoptable dogs at off-site locations, and to work at events to raise funds for veterinary care and other animal-related needs. To schedule a short orientation, call Danielle or Launi at 928-636-4223, ext. 7.

Animal Disaster Services (ADS) is seeking volunteers to create and maintain an emergency shelter for animals during disasters when evacuations are required. Call Becky Salazar at 928-445-3347 or email

Are you interested in helping traumatized victims? If it’s not in your nature to walk away from someone experiencing the worst moment of their life and if you would like to work with police officers, firefighters and nurses on emergency scenes, consider becoming a Certified Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteer. TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events. For information, call Sue at 928-445-4655.

The Yavapai County Search Rescue Team (YCSRT) is looking for volunteers to serve as drivers and observers in the 4×4 Unit. A 4X4 vehicle is not needed to serve an observer. Volunteers are also wanted to serve in the Quad, Search Dog, Backcountry, Mounted and Communication Units. If you like helping people and learning new skills and can commit to responding any time of the day to help those in need, go to Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team ( website and click on contact us. A representative will contact you shortly.

Judian Society needs volunteers to help with the gift store in downtown Prescott; collect items for Sr. Peter’s Closet; and/or help with spiritual development projects and “Women in Crisis” programs. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of women and children in the community, call 928-778-2725.

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection program is looking for individuals interested in joining the Sheriffs Auxiliary Force Patrol Group. Patrol Group members are armed and drive YCSO patrol vehicles. All training, including defensive tactics and firearms, is provided. Visit or call Richard at 928-443-0607.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is looking for volunteers to work with youths from 6 to 18 years of age after school and during the summer. Do you have a special hobby or interest and would like to share or teach to kids? We have club sites in Prescott and Prescott Valley. If your specialty is in the arts, sports, fitness, health, life skills or leadership, call 928-776-8686 or 928-237-1377.

The Prescott Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol Program is recruiting individuals who wish to join a team of dedicated citizens willing to donate their time to better our community. Citizens on Patrol assist with traffic control, crime scene security, vacation watches, city code enforcement, sex offender notifications, radar deployment and speed enforcement programs, school and park watches, and more. Contact Kevin Rother at 928-777-1967.

The Spot… A Child’s Museum, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit located in the Gateway Mall, is looking for volunteers to assist in presenting quality hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) exhibits and activities for children of all ages. Visit or call 928-713-9796.

The Elks Opera House Guild needs docent volunteers to work in the beautifully restored historic theater. The Elks Opera House is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for tours and ticket purchases. Call Maxine at 928-778-5236 or email

Community Partnership for Comfort Care volunteers are trained to educate local people on formulating advanced directives and planning for end-of-life care. Visit our website at or call Adam Bissell at 928-776-5655 for more information.

Prescott Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to help remove non-native invasive weeds at the Highlands Center for Natural History. Email Cathy at

Find out how you can broaden your life experiences by becoming a Smoki Museum Volunteer. Museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, for information call 928-445-1230, or visit our web site:

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center has various volunteer opportunities available in the Prescott area. For information, call 928-526-7345.

Arizona Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for a chaplain volunteer representing different faith groups to provide assistance to employees, their families and citizens during critical times. To apply, visit or call 602-223-2290.

Life Connections, a pro-life Christian pregnancy center offering support and resources to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, needs volunteers passionate about serving with love and understanding. The organization gives free pregnancy tests, offers education in the area of sexual responsibility and provides referrals to doctors’ offices and community resources. The center is located at 7875 E. Florentine, Suite C, Prescott Valley. Contact Diane or Donna at 928-227-3130.

The Chino Valley and Paulden Area Ministerial Association works in conjunction with St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army to help people in need. Volunteers staff the organization, and they welcome any help from new volunteers. The association helps people with various critical housing and living conditions. Referrals are strictly confidential. For more information, to make a donation or volunteer, call 928-636-0276. The office is located behind the Chino Valley Community Church, 1969 N. Highway 89.

Prescott Art Docents have shared their love of art with children and adults since 1971 by offering classroom and community art presentations. Docent training is provided, so it’s not necessary to have artistic skills or a background in art history or teaching. Continuing education is offered through our Monday morning program series, held during the school year and open to the public. For more information call Pam at 928-830-5646 or contact Joslyn on email at Visit the Prescott Art Docents calendar at

The Elks Opera House Foundation seeks a retired (or active pro bono) volunteer Certified Public Accountant to record monthly bank statements on five accounts in QUICKBOOKS and produce a financial statement for the board of directors. Also, a cumulative report at the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) is needed for the foundation’s accountant in filing the 990 tax return for the non-profit corporation. Email or call 928-445-1298 for further information, or to volunteer.

The Arizona Pioneers Home Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization which that assists residents of the home by helping to provide needed amenities and repairs; such as new televisions and necessary repairs to the donated community bus, used for outings and excursions. The group is also in need of monetary donations and items for its spring and fall rummage sales.If you are interested in joining the monthly meeting, call Virginia at 928-445-3216 or Beth at 928-445-7135.

Prescott Valley Food Bank, 9360 Manzanita Circle, needs volunteers from noon to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call 928-772-4490.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is seeking volunteers to serve as Highlands Hosts in our Benson Family Nature Store for 3-4 hours per week. Host duties include operating the Point of Sale computer cash register, keeping the store neat and stocked. Additionally, Hosts greet visitors to the Highlands Center, explain our mission, our LEED gold certified green building structure, membership and volunteer opportunities and community programs. Some administrative work possible, need phone skills, willingness to take visitors on short tours of the facilities. Must have basic computer skills, and enjoy meeting and talking with the public. Other volunteer positions available; check our website at Contact 928-776-9550 for more information and to RSVP your attendance.

Good Samaritan Society – Hospice, a nonprofit organization, needs volunteers as part of the team to assist with patients and families. The volunteers are formally trained in an 8-week comprehensive program so that they can provide respite for caregivers and enhance the end-of-life support for patients. Contact Susan Lohn at 928-778-5655 for more information.

Prescott Area Shelter Services needs volunteers for overnight advocates from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. This volunteer position offers a stipend of $25 a night. If interested in this position contact Katee Norris at 928-778-5933 or email

The Phippen Museum currently seeks individuals who love Western Art, meeting new people and enjoy working in a museum. Phippen Museum volunteers help in almost every area of the museum from greeting visitors to helping in the office. If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Cornelius, at 928-778-1385 or email

The Bob Stump VA Medical Center currently seeks volunteers to assist veteran patients in the hospice unit. This unique position requires a compassionate individual willing to make a difference during the veteran’s final hours. Volunteer’s schedules may vary, but they’ll be happy to know they’re making a difference at a time when it’s needed most. For more information or to register, contact Carole Marmo, Hospice Palliative Care Coordinator, at 928-445-4860 ext 7514.

United Animal Friends (UAF) is looking for volunteers to change the lives of local cats and, dogs and rabbits. UAF needs foster homes and will pay vet bills. UAF has a variety of animal-related and administrative volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Red Arrow Real Estate, 1107 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Interested animal lovers should contact UAF volunteer coordinator Jann at at 928-759-3848 or leave a message at 928-778-2924 or visit

Yavapai County Jeep Posse is dedicated to serving the needs of the citizens of Yavapai County. Working under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Posse provides the 4X4 mobile units required for Search and Rescue, Fire Evacuation and other Natural Disasters. We also provide a Command and Communication Vehicle to assist the YCSO missions. We are looking for motivated and dedicated volunteers to assist the Posse in fulfilling its mission. The Posse provides all necessary training demanded by this Life Saving work. A four-wheel drive vehicle is ‘NOT’ required. Visit our web site at ( to view our history, video and mission statement. Contact Recruiter Forrest Allen at 928 925-5803 or write to for more information.

The Y.C.S.R.T. Search Rescue 4X4 unit is accepting volunteers as drivers or observers. A 4WD vehicle is not required to be an observer. If you like helping people, learning new skills and can commit to responding any time of the day to help those in need, contact Art at 928-717-9350 or Jim at 928-925-2224.

Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Shop, 1601 Iron Springs Road in Prescott, needs volunteers with experience in electronics. General help is also needed in a variety of areas such as cashiers, sorting and cleaning. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Donation drop off hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For information, call the store at 928-445-5668.

Arizona’s Off-Highway Vehicle Ambassador program is seeking individuals to monitor and maintain motorized areas, roads, trails and facilities in Prescott National Forest. Volunteers must have an off-highway vehicle such as a motorcycle, quad unit or a four-wheel- drive vehicle and provide a recognizable presence on public lands, model appropriate riding behavior and provide educational and informative material to the public. For information or to make an application for membership, contactContact Bruce MaurerJeff Prince at, The Community Forest Trust, P.O. Box 10883, Prescott, AZ 86305, or call 928-443-8230, 480-489-7582 or 307-259-0765; or send an e-mail to communityforesttrustmail@gmailjprince@azstateparks.comgov.

The Adult Center of Prescott is a nonprofit organization looking for volunteer tap dancers. If you were ever a tap dancer and would like to learn new dances and dance monthly at retirement homes, join in January at the center on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Call Goldie at 928-778-0787 for details.

Hospice Family Care is recruiting volunteers for all of Yavapai County. Shopping, respite, reading to the patient, holding a hand or listening are some of the ways in which a volunteer can care for patients and their families experiencing life-limiting illness. A two-hour visit each week in home care or scheduled time in the inpatient unit at the Crossings is asked of all volunteers. Training and paid mileage is provided. For information, call Kristy Snyder at 928-541-1740.

The Prescott Online Church Directory needs a volunteer from each church to update worship services and gatherings listings at E-mail to get updated instructions. For more information, visit or call 928-499-8306.

Catholic Charities has openings for instructors for financial education workshops. Instructors are trained in the Arizona Saves curriculum to help low- and middle-income individuals and families learn to manage their finances. For information, call 928-778-2531.

Catholic Charities has openings for VITA volunteers. These volunteers assist low- and middle-income people file their state and federal taxes. Training is provided. For information, call 928-778-2531.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary needs volunteers who love animals and wants to spend some time working around lions and tigers and bears. They need help with a sanctuary project, building fences and welding. This is an opportunity to volunteer somewhere fun and help at the same time. Contact Becky Salazar at 928-778-4242, Ext. 17, or e-mail The sanctuary also needs someone to take on the volunteer role of Zoo Teen Coordinator to mentor 13- to 15-year-olds. Training will be provided. Must be able to work weekends. For more information, call Nina Bricko, education coordinator, at 928-778-4242, Ext. 18, or stop by the gift shop for an application.

Prescott Area Celtic Society (PACS) promotes the preservation and education of Scottish and Celtic culture. They also put on the Highland Games at Watson Lake in Prescott every year. The 12th annual Highland Games will take place May 14 and 15, 2016. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Augie’s Restaurant in Frontier Village, Highway 69, Prescott. Call Jill Nelson at 928-443-1422 for additional information.

Prescott Community Access Channel, Inc. is looking for creative individuals who are interested in serving on the PR and Marketing Committee. The committee meets once a month and is responsible for coming up with creative ideas to help promote awareness of the station and upcoming events. If interested, call Monika Bishop, Executive Director at 928-445-0909.

Search and Rescue Quad Unit has volunteer opportunities for those who want to learn new skills, assist the community or help those lost or injured. If you own a Qquad/ATV, UTV or RZR, call Paul at 928-775-3298.

The Raw Spirit Festival seeks volunteers for a raw vegan music eco-peace celebration Sept. 24-26 at Prescott’s Watson Lake Park in the areas of children’s program coordination, registration, peace and harmony services, set up and take down, raw chef assistance and more. To apply, call 928-308-2146, e-mail or visit

New Hope Ranch, a horse rescue, rehabilitation and relocation organization in Chino Valley, is looking for volunteers to help with grooming, cleaning of water troughs and stalls, groundskeeping and general maintenance that may include painting of animal pens and repairs of corrals. Call 928-636-2230.

Prescott National Forest is looking for volunteers to work in the forest. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Bruce Maurer at 928-443-8230.

Project Linus is a national non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers. We are looking for quilters, knitters and crocheters to make new handmade blankets and afghans to be distributed to children and young adults in our area. Donations of fabric (cotton, flannel and fleece) and yarn are always needed. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month. Call Julie at 928-759-2760 for more information.

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery has volunteer opportunities helping curate shows, assisting the gift shop manager and hosting at the gallery. Training will be provided. Call Maria Lynam at 928-443-8854.

The Alzheimer’s Association is now accepting applications for support group facilitators. Call 928-771-9257 for more information.

Stepping Stones Agencies is looking for volunteers for the human resources and administrative office, community awareness program, thrift store cashiers, pricing and merchandising, and at the bookstore and gift shop. Contact Denise Merritt at 928-772-4184.

PEACE4KIDS (P4K), a nonprofit high school foreign exchange organization, is currently looking for community supervisors to find host families and work with exchange students during the school year. Individuals must enjoy working with teenagers and have good communication skills. Community supervisors receive a stipend for their work. Call 1-877-381-4739 or visit

Prescott Valley’s Good Works Crew needs volunteers to help citizens physically unable to maintain their property because of age, disability or circumstance. To volunteer, arrange for a volunteer packet or for placement on the service waiting list, call the Community Development Department at 928-759-3050.

Stepping Stones Thrift is looking for volunteers who can be cashiers and provide general customer service. If you are a high-energy individual and would like to work with a fun and lively bunch, then Stepping Stones Thrift is the place for you. Call Denise Merritt at 928-772-4184 to learn more.

Miss Kitty’s Cat House Adoption Center is looking for dedicated volunteers who love cats. You can be a foster home and provide that extra one-on-one attention so many cats and kittens need to find their permanent homes. If you want to enjoy a variety of cats, you could join our team of house crew volunteers to help care for resident cats and kittens. Or perhaps you have another skill that would help Miss Kitty’s to provide homes for our feline friends. So if you are ready to lend a helping paw, call 928-445-5411.

Senior Peer Program has volunteer opportunities for men and women over age 55. Volunteers are trained to support other older adults in achieving and maintaining a healthy emotional life. To learn more, call 928-445-5211, ext 2671 or 2672.

The Lucky Club Animal Rescue Group is looking for volunteers who love dogs. We need people who can foster dogs in their homes, people who can transport dogs to veterinary appointments and adoption events, and people to help show dogs at weekend adoption events. The Lucky Club pays for veterinary bills and medical care. Please Information: call 928-778-5507 or 1-800-364-9454.

Horses With H.E.A.R.T. (Hands-on Equine Assisted Riding Therapy) provides therapeutic riding for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. We are always looking for volunteers to help with riding lessons, horse care and committee work. For more information, call 928-533-9178.

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is looking for animal lovers to make a difference in the lives of companion animals. Needed are foster parents, dog-walkers, cat caretakers, special event and fundraising assistance and help in the new thrift store. Please call 928-445-2666 or visit

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is seeking qualified volunteers to work at the Visitors Center, 117 W. Goodwin St. Volunteers work one or two four-hour shifts per week assisting tourists, fellow and citizens and chamber members in a pleasant, informal environment. Qualifications include a friendly, outgoing personality, good general knowledge of Prescott and the surrounding communities, genuine interest in helping others, good computer skills and ability to navigate the internet, good communication skills, both in person and on the phone, willingness to learn new skills and adaptability. Volunteers should be proud of their town and ready to show it off. To apply, send a letter of inquiry to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1147, Prescott, AZ 86302, Attn: Robert Coombs or call 928-445-2000, ext. 122.

City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting volunteers for ranger positions. Individuals who enjoy hiking and biking and value an environmentally clean park and trails system can join the team to become the “eyes and ears” of the city. Rangers will work with park staff, the police department and fire department on park, safety and first aid training. Call 928-777-1588.

United Animal Friends (UAF) has a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Foster parents are needed for homeless cats and dogs. Other volunteers are needed at weekly adoption events and to provide transportation to adoption sites, vet appointments, etc. Help is also needed with fundraising, answering phones and marketing. Call 928-778-2924.

The Victim Services Division of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates and provide support to victims of crime. Volunteers provide victims’ rights information, victim input to judges, and courtroom advocacy, as well as some clerical assistance within the Victim Services division. A comprehensive training program is provided. Qualifications include good listening, communication, people skills and a desire to help people in need. A criminal background/fingerprint check is required. For more information or to obtain a volunteer application, contact Stacy at 928-777-7956;

The Prescott POPS Symphony seeks energetic, vibrant volunteers to serve on its board of directors and to help in a variety of areas supporting this civic treasure. If you are passionate about this great symphony, call Dianne Kuzminski at 928-778-5536.

The local Red Cross office is looking for disaster and outreach volunteers. Red Cross disaster volunteers help meet the immediate emergency needs of disaster victims such as locating a safe place to sleep, food and emotional support. Outreach volunteers are needed to help lead safety activities for children, participate in fire prevention campaigns and organize recruitment events. To learn more or complete an application, visit and click on “Volunteer.”

The Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking people for its Prescott Valley Police volunteer program. Duties include citizen patrols day and night, animal control, criminal investigations, evidence assistance, records and special events. Applications are available at the PVPD records window. People with questions about the program may contact 928-772-5144. You can find more volunteer opportunities with the PVPD at

N.O.A.H., a nonprofit thrift store that supports local animal organizations, needs volunteers. Morning (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) shifts Mondays through Saturdays are available. No experience is necessary. Come by N.O.A.H., 603 S. Granite St., and to sign up, or call 928-708-0545 for more information.

The Highlands Center has volunteer opportunities in its Habitat Garden Program at Coyote Springs School in Prescott Valley, Territorial School in Chino Valley, Granville Elementary School in Prescott Valley, Mountain View Elementary in Prescott Valley, Lake Valley Elementary in Prescott Valley, Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley, and Lincoln Elementary in Prescott. Volunteer tasks include handling instructional materials, refocusing children as they explore plants and insects in the garden, guiding children as they draw in nature journals and sharing your interest and wonder about nature. Time commitment is 12 days during the 9-month school year, three hours per day. Call 928-776-9550.

Hacienda de los Milagros (Home of Miracles), a nonprofit teaching and healing animal sanctuary, has volunteer opportunities to clean and fill water, clean pens, assist with events, plan events and do fundraising. The organization is also looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. Interested parties should love animals, have good community connections and be willing to find new donors. For information, or to schedule a visit, call Wynne at 928-533-0684.

Hospice of the Pines needs volunteers who would make home visits, do office jobs or help with deliveries. The time commitment is one or two hours every one or two weeks. A free orientation class takes place from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Step One meeting room, 3343 N. Windsong Drive, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Suite C, Prescott Valley. The class is eight weeks long but modular in format, so interested parties can begin at any time. For further information, please call 928-632-0111.

Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona Inc. (TIP) works in cooperation with local emergency service providers, including hospitals, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and districts to support crime victims, family members after a death, survivors of a suicide, children left alone after a death or injury of their parents, disoriented persons or any situation where emergency responders feel there is a need. For more information about volunteering, visit or call Sue at 928-445-4655.

Prescott Valley Old Town preserves and promotes the past for future generations. The organization is raising money to build the Old Town Park and needs more people to help with the mission to preserve and promote the historic district of Prescott Valley. Meetings are at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Pony Espresso. For more information, call 928-420-4373 or e-mail

Community Pregnancy Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities including front desk assistance, sorting clothes in the baby store, or being trained to be a mentor/peer counselor. For more information or to apply, call Mary KayEllen Swanson at 928-778-7654. CPC is located at 1124 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

Volunteer positions are available in Granite Gate Senior Living Community’s activity department. Call Barbara at 928-771-8200 for additional information.

Grants To You, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is seeking a skilled marketing person to lead the way in creating and implementing a national program that will attract student volunteers to take our online grant research and writing class and to establish new chapters throughout the U.S. The chapters of Grants To You have graduated more than 600 volunteers who have helped in winning $1.1 million for nonprofit organizations selected by the volunteer graduates of our program. Visit or call Paul at 928-776-7976.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated. For information, call 1-877-985-9212, mail to 4572 Telephone Road, #909, Ventura, CA 93003, e-mail or visit

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is seeking a caring, dedicated, driven individual who wants to help the nonprofit rescue and education facility raise money by managing and directing the grant writing projects to continue the goal of “Conservation through Education.” Call Becky at 928-778-4242, Ext. 17, or e-mail

The Arizona Pioneers Home Foundation is looking for people who are interested in enhancing residents’ lives by providing new ideas and hands-on involvement to raise money for new equipment, help pay for activities, and décor, and help with rummage sales, book sales, the Christmas bazaar, music events, etc. The foundation also needs participants for a speakers bureau. Further information is available by calling Beth Moser at 928-445-7135 or Virginia Bristow at 928-445-3216.

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity has a need for volunteers at the ReStore on Commerce Drive. If you enjoy thrift stores, you may enjoy working in one. We need men and women who work well as a team and would like to contribute to a worthwhile cause. You determine your hours. Most volunteers work 3 to 4 hours a week. An hour-long orientation for new volunteers is held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., where you will have the opportunity to fill out the necessary paper work. Call Gail Martin at 928-445-8003 ext. 14 for further information.

Good Samaritan Society – Prescott Hospice volunteers touch the lives of many community members by sharing their time, compassion and expertise. They are gifted with a generosity of spirit that allows them to open their hearts to those in pain: the terminally ill, their families and all those who grieve the loss of someone special in their lives. Help us help those in need. Call 928-778-5655 to register.

The Center for Adult Days Services is a nonprofit licensed day offering activities and recreation, nutritious meals, musical programs and social services for adults dealing with strokes, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, confusion or head injuries, and in need of socialization and health monitoring. Volunteers are needed to help in many areas including arts and crafts classes, musical and other entertainment, educational presentations, etc. The center, at 826 Sunset Ave., Prescott, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call Laura Hughes at 928-445-6384 for more information.

Yavapai County Ares/Races, a volunteer amateur radio organization working with the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management to provide emergency communications, is in need of public-service minded amateur radio operators who would like to serve their communities. Technician class and higher licensees are eligible to join. For additional information, visit or call Bud Semon at 928-899-7400.

Rainbow Acres, a faith-based, assisted-living facility located in Camp Verde, is actively seeking volunteers to work in a new program for an adult population who are developmentally disabled adults. The right candidates will have a desire to work with very special “Ranchers” and be available for a minimum of three hours weekly. For more information, call Dee Whitt at 928-567-5231, ext. 1045.

The Circle L Ranch in Prescott Valley is looking for volunteers who want to help dogs become adoptable. Circle L runs an in-house rehabilitation program overseen by a professional dog behaviorist. As a volunteer, you will learn about dog behaviors and acquire the tools to train these dogs for life in an adoptive home. Whatever level of experience you have, this is your opportunity to learn and make difference. If you are interested in learning more, please call Connie at 928-237-9532. Visit to learn more about Circle L and the PIP training program.

Birthline needs volunteers to keep the facility open and answer the phone. The facility is located at 719 Hillside, Prescott. The shifts are two hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Please contact Donna Bennett at 928-445-7903 or Ginger Gresham at 928-778-5669 to volunteer or for more information. Any mother needing help for a pregnancy crisis situation or anyone wishing to donate an item may call 928-778-5683 or visit the facility.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Quad Unit has openings for volunteers. If you enjoy helping people, like a challenge, want to learn new skills and are willing to respond when called out day or night in sun or rain, call Art Klein at 928-717-9350.

The Prescott Valley Historical Society welcomes anyone interested in helping preserve the heritage of the area by participating in its monthly meetings and other activities of the society. Volunteers are needed to staff exhibit tables at special events and to help in the office and archives located in the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Please call the office at 928-759-5524 and leave a message.

Good Samaritan Society — Prescott Hospice seeks volunteers to make a difference in the newly licensed nonprofit hospice program. Volunteer training takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 1065 Ruth St. in the Oakley/Ritter Building. Volunteers are used to support ancillary, administrative and/or patient care services. Training is ongoing. For more information, call Mary Lavington at 928-778-5655.

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection (VIPs), a nonprofit organization, which operates under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, is looking for volunteers in administration and armed patrol. Previous law enforcement experience is not required; all training is provided free of charge. Males and females are urged to apply. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at Call 928-771-3281 or VIP recruiter Richard Vencill at 928-443-0607.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center needs a volunteer in the Family Resource Center’s First Steps Program. After training, the volunteer will make visits to new moms requesting parenting education and one-on-one support in the privacy of the parent’s own home. Bilingual as well as just English- speaking volunteers needed. For information, call Bonnie Mari at 928-771-5651.

Meadow Park Care Center has volunteer opportunities for people at least 18 years of age. Volunteer positions include interacting with residents during periods of arts, crafts, games, music, reading and reminiscing. For more information, call Ashley at 928-778-9777.

The J.S. Acker Music Park Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of musical culture in the community, is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Acker Musical Showcase. Share your talent for organization and ability to bring in sponsorship money and help committee members put on this annual December event. E-mail your interest to or call Marion at 928-771-1520. Read more about the showcase at

The Civil Air Patrol, Prescott Squadron 206, a non-profit all-volunteer organization, is seeking men, women and youth with an interest to help and train in the areas of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and pilots meet the second, third and fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Civil Air Patrol Hut at the airport, 6508 Janine Lane. Cadets meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Airport Administration Building at the airport. Call 928-415-1506, 928-445-3745 or 928-443-8854 for more information.

Pioneer Park Equestrian Center Association seeks volunteers to help with various fundraising events, mailings and publicity. General meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at Extension Building C on the Prescott Rodeo grounds. For information, call Frank or Carrie Deak at 928-830-2883 or 928-830-2882 or e-mail Visit our website at

Prescott Chapter of National Oregon-Style Right-to-Die Movement is seeking a volunteer chapter leader. Responsibilities include organizing chapter meetings, building membership, lobbying, public speaking, attending state board meetings and related matters. You must have e-mail, organizational experience, PR and leadership skills, be willing to give 10 hours a week and have a passionate commitment to the right of terminally ill, mentally competent adults to exercise a choice to hasten their death with prescription medication. Send a summary of your background to

Open Space Alliance of Central Yavapai County needs a marketing expert who would like to help preserve open space and the community’s quality of life. The group also needs someone with web design skills to upgrade its website to recruit new members and offer people the ability to make online contributions. Call Nancy Hans at 928-717-1116;

Volunteer at Parenting Arizona needs volunteers to help parents and teens in strengthening their family relationships. Training provided. For information, call 928-776-9409.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System needs volunteers – men, women and young people – every day. Information, 928-776-6013.

AARP needs volunteers for the AARP Driver Safety Program. Participants will receive initial training and participate in annual or semiannual instructor workshops to maintain and enhance their skills. Instructors are required to teach a minimum of three classes each year. The schedule can be very flexible. Volunteers are reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket expenses. For further information, call 1-888-227-7669 or e-mail

Granite Mountain Home Care and Hospice is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to our hospice. Your visits brighten their days and offer much needed relief to their family caregivers. We also have some office work including sending out bereavement letters and cards. Training is flexible and some can be completed at home. For information, call Kelly at 928-445-2522.

Department of Veterans Affairs is asking youths in the tri-city area to donate their time and talents to helping veterans. For information, about volunteer opportunities, contact the Voluntary Services office at the Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 928-776-6013.

Parenting Arizona needs volunteer childcare workers for a couple of hours a week. Monetary compensation is available. For further information, call 928-776-9409.

The Center Adult Day Services in Prescott needs a volunteer (or couple) to work one half-day a week to keep its small patio garden neat and clean. Small raised beds and flowerpots make it easy to manage. Call Pam Catlin at 928-445-6384.

Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers. If interested or for more information, call Ruebe Oscarn at 928-776-6064, between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center needs volunteers. Pick one or more three- to four-hour shifts Mondays through Fridays. Help at the front desk, answer phones, greet clients and help with children. Please call 928-775-0669.

Northern Arizona Vision and Hearing Loss Center needs volunteers for a variety of jobs. Help Assist the vision-impaired with ceramics and help coordinate special events. Information: Call Doris or Carol at, 928-778-0055.

SCORE, a group of volunteer counselors to small businesses in Yavapai County, is seeking men and women with business experience to help new and existing entrepreneurs become more successful. SCORE volunteers not only provide free, confidential, one-on-one counseling to new and existing small businesses, but also and teach more than 10 low-cost seminars on a variety of business topics in Prescott. Those interested in becoming a counselor should contact Northern Arizona SCORE at or 928-778-7438 from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. The office is located at 1228 Willow Creek Road, Suite 2, in Prescott.

New Horizons Independent Living Center is looking for volunteers to help with answering phones, leading classes and support groups, fundraising, scheduling and driving for its transportation program, and much more. For further information, call Deborah at 928-772-1266.

North Star Youth Partnership needs volunteers to help with special events, educational training, after-school programs, life skills classes, mentoring, coaching, office duties, writing/editing, and much more. For further information, contact Diane DeLong at 928-708-7214.

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery has volunteer opportunities for curating shows, assisting the gift shop manager and hosting at the gallery. Call Maria at 928-443-8854.

Prescott Churches Online needs volunteers to help churches write up their spiritual growth opportunities into a free listing at Email or call 928-499-8306.

Prescott Area Tennis Association, a local nonprofit, is seeking part-time tennis volunteers to assist with tennis clinics. We offer low-cost instruction to elementary-age children in the greater Prescott area. If you are energetic, enthusiastic, enjoy working with children, and have a positive attitude, we can use your help. Call Patty at 860-608-6822 or email

Prescott Area Celtic Society promotes the preservation and education of Scottish and Celtic culture. The group needs volunteers to help with the Highland Games that take place at Watson Lake in Prescott every year. Call Gary or Roslyn at 928-237-1113.

AARP Tax-Aide, an IRS-certified program, is seeking greeters, facilitators and counselor volunteers to assist with preparation of federal and state tax returns for low- to moderate-income individuals in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Contact Janelle at

Volunteer Center of Yavapai County has a complete list of volunteer opportunities. For more information or to sign up for its monthly newsletter via e-mail, call 928-778-6605 or e-mail

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Optimists Mid-Ohio Home Show is this weekend

MANSFIELD —Need a new roof or want to upgrade your landscaping? Want to know more about getting your chimney swept, the latest in Tupperware or massage therapy? Do you just want to get out and have some fun as winter drags on and the thought of spring around the corner has you considering doing some home improvements?

Then visit the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club’s Mid-Ohio Home Show at the Richland County Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All the net proceeds go to the local community youth, said Bill Spurling of the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club. It will be bigger than ever, with approximately 100 exhibitors occupying 130 booths in two buildings at the fairgrounds.

“The club does the show because it’s our fundraiser,” Spurling said. “This year we’ll have over 3,000 people. We enjoy it.”

Exhibitors will offer a variety of information about projects ranging from home improvement and lawn care to financial services. Exhibits include basement waterproofing, chiropractic services, custom granite, invisible fencing for pets, kitchen and bath design, landscaping, pest control, security systems, storage buildings, telephone systems, well drilling and woodworking.

Sponsored by the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club, Shearer Equipment, Schmidt Security Pro and the Mansfield News Journal, the home show is the chief fundraiser for the Optimists Club’s projects. Optimists provide scholarships to area youths, including the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program. This year Optimists plan to give four scholarships to area high school seniors heading to college.

“We have been doing the show since 1972, first at the old Mansfield Coliseum, then at the Richland Mall and now at the fairgrounds for the last 12 years,” Spurling said.

“We have a lot of ideas for home improvements,” he said, including displays by local companies who provide windows, baths, awnings, landscaping and garage doors and more.

Also, Optimists donate books to the Laundry Basket, and members also donate to the Mansfield Waves.

Optimist member Ron Denman said he has attended all 44 of the Optimists’ home shows.

“I’ve been doing this since 1972,” said Denman.

Member Andy Kershaw likes being part of the club.

“As a committee we like and enjoy the company of each other,” Kershaw said.

The Mansfield Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Mansfield Optimist Service Club and the Kiwanis Club are service organizations, and all proceeds from the pancake breakfast goes toward Kiwanis Club projects.

Home show hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Parking costs $3 per car, but it is free if you attend the pancake breakfast. All veterans get in free Sunday.

There will be 50/50 raffles and a drawing for a chance to win an 8-foot by 10-foot automatic awning from Lehr Awning.

The drawing will take place at the fairgrounds at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased from any Mansfield Noon Optimist Club member. A dollar-off coupon toward the $3 parking fee is available on the Noon Optimists website and in the News Journal this week.

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Tropical Gardening: Ferns for that cool look – Hawaii Tribune

If you are tired of the same old common plants in your garden, why not try something different, maybe even specialize.

Ferns are a good example of a whole family of plants that are poorly represented in our gardens. It’s not that they can’t be grown, but that we don’t give them much of a try.

Ferns, in general, are free of insect and disease problems. They require very little fertilizer but do require moisture and shade from intense sunlight. Our cooler mauka areas and east side of the island are probably the best for growing ferns, but many types can be grown almost anywhere with protection.

We have hundreds of ferns native and introduced to Hawaii, but this is just a fraction of the more than 9,000 species found throughout the world. Members of the fern family vary from moss-like mini ferns to gigantic palm-like tree ferns more than 40 feet in height. There are many ferns that live attached to trunks and branches of trees such as the native bird nest fern, Asplenium nidus, and the Austral-Asian staghorn ferns, Platycerium species.

Most ferns prefer those shady, moist locations but some will take full sun, so there is a spot in your garden for at least one or two types.

A side benefit of ferns is that some are edible. Examples are the swamp fern and Warabi.

The swamp fern, Ceratopreris thalictroides, is found growing wild in moist areas and can be eaten raw or cooked. Our native tree fern, or hapu‘u, has an acrid substance so strong that the new leaf “fiddle” must be boiled outside for 30 to 45 minutes since they contain irritating fumes. After boiling, the outer skin is peeled off and the interior portions are soaked in fresh water.

The water is discarded and replaced with fresh water each day. This procedure takes three to four days. Then, they can be stored in the water and refrigerated for several months.

Fern shoots add an exotic touch to vegetable and pork dishes along with bamboo shoots.

Many edible ferns such as the Arythrium esculentum of Southeast Asia also are high in Vitamin A.

In the landscape, ferns give a lush rain forest effect. The most striking effect, by far, is created by the tree fern types. We take our native hapu‘u for granted, but in other parts of the world, different species are in great demand as landscaping plants.

In Hawaii, our native Cibotiums are being used in landscapes, but they are slow growing and are becoming scarce. The hapu‘u ii, or male fern, usually dies after transplanting. The so-called female fern can be transplanted before new leaves emerge in the spring, but often dies when planted out of its natural wet habitat.

To establish them, plant in a rich organic soil and keep them moist and shaded. Within a couple of weeks, they will begin developing large airy leaves and roots. A shady spot protected from wind is best. They should be watered on the trunk and at the base frequently.

Live stumps sometimes can be purchased locally. Do not remove ferns from the forests. It is illegal without permission. They are becoming rare in some areas because of cutting and removing.

This year’s extremely dry weather also is putting additional stress on hapu‘u. For example, the normally cool and wet cloud forests of Kaloko Mauka have received less than 2 inches of rain since the beginning of October.

Some other species of tree ferns are carried by a few local nurseries. These include types from Central America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Cyathea cooperi is not recommended as it naturalizes readily when conditions are ideal, but there are at least a dozen other species that do not naturalize easily. They are well adapted here and fairly fast growers. Under good conditions, they will produce fronds higher than your head in a year or so. With room, they will form a trunk to 10 feet or more. These species are more tolerant of sun and dry conditions than our native hapu‘u.

In cooler locations, the New Zealand tree ferns Dicksonia antarctica, D. squarrosa and Cyathea medullaris do very well. Here again, shade and moisture are the keys to success.

There are many other types of tree fern available including the Mexican Blechnum, which is a miniature type of about 3 feet. This is available at garden stores and some nurseries.

When planting ferns, be sure to enrich the planting sight by adding peat moss or rotted compost and some well-rotted manure to the existing soil. A good ratio is about 50 percent peat, 40 cinder and 10 percent well-rotted manure. New plants should be watered daily until they are established.

Ferns are sensitive to chemical fertilizers, so use them sparingly. It is better to use organics such as sewage sludges or rotted manures. Fertilize about once every two to three months for best growth. Avoid liquid insecticides and fungicides for they, too, will burn. Diluted wettable powders are safer. They are extremely susceptible to herbicides, so be careful.

This information is supplied by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. For further information about gardening and landscaping, contact one of our master gardeners at 322-4892 in Kona or 981-5199 in Hilo.

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Want to be a Master Gardener? Next class starts in April

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Extension Office is hosting Master Gardener classes in April.

Spread out over nine days, the classes are designed to train volunteers in horticultural practices so they can, in turn, share that knowledge with the community.

“They can go through the class and get the information, but to be considered a certified master gardener, they have to do the 50 hours of volunteer work in the first two years after the class and 20 hours a year after that,” said Tammy Glasscock, county resource manager.

Volunteer projects can include advising citizens on gardening and landscaping, working with youth, making presentations to civic and garden clubs and working on beautification projects, among others.

“We have a lot of volunteers that work on our school gardens,” Glasscock said. “Volunteers can have their own projects, but it still has to be approved.”

Most of the classes are taught by extension specialists from the University of Georgia in pre-taped presentations.

The classes are offered every other year.

In 2014, the classes had 20 students.

This year, the class needs at least 15 students.

The classes will take place 9 a.m. until noon on April 11-13, April 18-20 and April 25-27.

The class is open to residents of Lowndes, Brooks, Lanier, Echols and Berrien Counties.

To register, interested residents can visit the Lowndes County Extension Office at 2102 E. Hill Ave. to pick up an application.

There is a $150 registration fee.

The classes offered include: Introduction to the Master Gardener Course, Soil and Plant Nutrition, Botany/Plant Physiology, Basic Entomology/Pathology, Weed ID and Control, Using the Pest Control Handbook, Vegetable and Herb Gardening, Insects and Diseases of Vegetables, Herbaceous Ornamentals, Selecting Woody Ornamentals, Maintenance of Woody Ornamentals, Trees, Diseases of Turf and Ornamentals, Turf Selection and Maintenance, Developing a Waterwise Landscape, Insects of Turf and Ornamentals, Composting and Mulching, Plant Propagation, Landscape Design, Structural and Household Pests and Site Analysis.

More information: 229-333-5185

Stuart Taylor is a reporter for the Valdosta Daily Times.

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Stratford Garden Festival draws big crowds at biggest fundraiser of the year

There’s nothing better than stopping to smell the lilacs in bloom.

Of course there aren’t any in March, except at the Stratford Garden Festival which turned the Stratford Rotary Complex into a pocket of nature this past weekend.

“When I look around at the empty room and watch the process, hard work and creativity to build these gardens inside…,” said DeeDee Herman Huron-Perth Lung Association area manager.

“Everyone’s happy. I don’t know how you can come into a place with live plant material and flowers and be unhappy.”

Marg McGill took a nice long pause and leaned in to smell the lilacs which had been forced into bloom by Drummond Brothers Landscaping.

She wasn’t the only one. Almost everyone who walked by stopped, took a few steps back and leaned into the branches of white flowers. That unmistakable scent won’t be in the air outside until late May.

It was an early taste of spring. It’s one of the reasons McGill comes to the festival from London every year.

“I want to smell the earth and the flowers,” she said.

It hasn’t been a difficult winter, but for most gardeners every winter is long. McGill is an avid gardener in her spare time and a professional therapist. There’s great value in the metaphor of the garden, she said.

“In perennial gardens things grow, then they die and they come back. The metaphor of the garden, for me, is the healing journey.”

Richards Lawn and Garden Care featured musical instruments including a piano waterfall at the heart of it all. Richard Ivey and Emily Wassing have been working on the concept of their garden, Sounds of Spring, since the last show ended a year ago.

Ivey’s wife suggested they try something with a piano. They found one at Stock’s Auctions and went from there.

Long McQuade donated broken instruments to them for the duration of the show. Ivey and Wassing used the brass instruments as small water features around the piano.

“There’s nothing better than the sound of water,” Ivey said. “The response has been great. (Visitors) love it.”

Ivey and Wassing spent at total of about 200 hours working on the project.

Even the lobby of the Rotary Complex was transformed. Klomps Landscaping and Hot Tubs built a mine to walk through before entering the main room. It was like a gateway to the gardens.

The theme for the garden show was “dig it” so they thought about digging into your mind for gold. The mine included a water feature, pine trees and barn board which transported festival goers into a natural space immediately.

Tony Klomp, Linda McLeod and Hailey Pines put a lot of work into the garden which continued into the main room.

“We want to give people something to talk about,” McLeod said.

They spent about two months on the concept, Klomp said.

“The landscapers are all local. What a generous and creative community we have,” Herman said.

In addition to a garden party which featured the talents of local chefs, a local brewery and distillery, the event featured guest speakers who shared their knowledge about a range of topics.

The event gives gardeners a chance to breathe in a bit of spring early and it raises money for the Lung Association for research and education programs at the same time.

“It’s been a great show. Our numbers have been very strong,” Herman said.

The Lung Association will net about $60,000 from the event. It’s the biggest fundraiser the organization has locally.

Since it started 16 years ago, the garden festival has netted the organization about $900,000.

“It’s very gratifying,” Herman said.


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Tips and treasures from Westward Look’s secret garden

From a little garden perched over a wash next to the resort’s pool area, Raymundo Ocampo grows enough produce to feed two separate restaurants.

The landscape manager at Westward Look resort has maintained the chef’s garden for over a decade now, priming it with massive leaves of collard greens, fat bulbs of turnips and Asian pear trees blooming delicate white flowers.

The fact that he can get so much utility out of a desert landscape doesn’t seem to surprise Raymundo, a native of Oaxaca. With the help of specially-place stones that absorb the heat from the sun and radiate warmth in the evenings, it’s actually very easy. On our latest visit, we spotted fava beans, broccoli, artichokes, several varieties of cabbage and even an avocado tree.    

If you’d like to pick a little of his brain, the University of Arizona landscaping instructor also gives garden tours for the public. (To arrange a time, call the Westward Look’s front desk at 520-297-1151.) Then after you’re tired of all this eye candy, you can head over to GOLD and put some in your mouth!  

Garden-fresh Asian coleslaw from GOLD chef Antonio Rodriguez

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Mirin, or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar

For the slaw:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green cabbage
  • ¼ cup sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup green onions
  • ½ cup julienned turnip
  • Optional: ½ cup thinly sliced bok choy, ½ cup bean sprouts, ½ cup julienned snap peas 

In a small saucepan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ginger and garlic. Lightly sauté until ingredients are lightly browned. Add brown sugar, soy sauce and mirin. Sauté for 5 minutes and remove from heat. When cool, whisk in remaining olive oil, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.

Mix all vegetables in a bowl and toss with dressing.

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